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How Safe Are Cruise Ships?

5:42 PM, Mar 14, 2013   |    comments
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Another Carnival Cruise ship is in trouble, but this is far different than what happened with the Triumph about a month ago. The Carnival Dream is docked in St. Maarten. Passengers are not stranded at sea.

The ship's generator is having a technical problem which is causing power outages and toilet issues.

A man from the Triad is on-board and emailed CNN, "The cruise director is giving passengers very limited information and tons of empty promises. What was supposed to take an hour has turned into 7-plus hours."

Memories of what happened last month are still fresh, so Carnival is making arrangements for passengers quickly.

The company is flying all 4300 passengers to back to Florida. Passengers will also get a refund equal to three days of the cruise and get a coupon for fifty percent off their next cruise. It's easy to assume this happens all the time. But, let's put this into perspective. Millions book cruises every year.

The latest numbers from 2011 show 20 million people traveled on cruises. Inspectors do keep a close eye on every ship. They are inspected sixty times a year, checking everything from safety to health concerns. The Coast Guard also inspects ships.

Local travel agents say customers are already asking more questions about safety.

"Anything can happen anywhere. So, to me, it's their vacation. I say, pick where they want to go on their vacation and go with it. The odds are, nothing is going to happen," Dawn Gray of Greensboro's Four Moons Travel said.

When it comes to cruises, you also want to pay attention to sanitation issues. You can look up just about any cruise ship's health history online by visiting this website.

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